Random Races and Events

Christmas Relay finish by Ann RGo WOW Team is happy to post upcoming random races and fitness event. These events are not part of our organization and are posted as a community service. If you have an event for us, please send the information in the format below to Go@gowowteam.com and we will do our best to get it on the roster!

August 11, 2012 – Garin Regional Park, Hayward – Run in the Park 

The 2012 Schedule is:
9/15 Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
9/29 Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Hills
10/13 Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond Fees: Early Bird: $28 thru 30 days prior, Pre-Reg: $31 thru Wed. prior, Race Day: $35

Saturday August 25 – Pacifica Coastal 5K Run and Walk Festival 9-2:30pm www.pacresourcecenter.org/blog/?p=459

Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com

Sept 9, 2012 – Feather River Falls 1 mile and 5K www.featherfallsrun.org.

Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 HERS Keep abreast 5K/10K Run Walk http://www.herskeepabreast.org/

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 Peak Hike with Breast Cancer Fund, Mt. Tamalpais http://www.breastcancerfund.org/2012peakhike $10 off use discount code seejane

October 7, 2012 – San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-jose

October 21, 2012 – Humboldt Redwoods Half and Full Marathon http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org

November 10, 2012 Mermaid 5K, 10K – http://www.mermaidseries.com/san-francisco#!__san-francisco

November 11, 2012 Malibu Marathon, Half Marathon and Supathlon – www.malibumarathon.com / www.malibusupathlon.com

November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon in Tampa, Florida. Coach Stephanie is running this.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 – CIM Marathon Relay Challenge – $120 per team through August 1 – http://www.runcim.org/page/show/219125-relay This is a WOW Team Annual Event. Join a team soon!

Saturday, December 8, 2012 – Walnut Creek Half Marathon and 5K http://www.runwalnutcreek.com

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – The Oakland Run Fest

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New Member Meet and Greet plus See Jane Run PepTalk immediately after our workout this Sunday.Name these 2 WOW Members!

Go WOW Women run rain or shine! I know who these ladies are and miss seeing them at our Go WOW Team Workouts! Come out soon Heidi and Andrea, please?Celebrate National Running Day on June 3 with Go WOW Team.

Just the details, every other week.

  • Get your first medal for The WOW Team Challenge just by participating in one workout. Just show up!
  • Need the WOW Team Challenge Form? Here it is!
  • View your workouts online, on the GoWOWTeam.com website by joining our team on Strava. You don’t have to be a WOW Team Member to list your workouts,  just join our Go WOW Team Strava Challenge Go WOW is going national!
  • Sign up and make plans for the Big Sur 5K and Half Marathon now. Go WOW Team will be there!

For Reference:

WOW Team Website and Members Only Area – sign up, learn more, subscribe to the Weekly Pep Talk http://gowowteam.com and www.gowowliving.com

Please RSVP to all workouts at Meetup http://meetup.com/gowowteam This is where you find details on each workout and event and will also be notified from this list if we have to cancel a workout

The Winners’ Circle Members Only Facebook Page – you must be invited to join this private group but it’s well worth it! Please join Facebook if you haven’t and LIKE my personal page. I’ll invite you at that point. Thanks! https://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843. 

Go WOW Living and Go WOW Team Facebook Pages – open to anyone. Full of good stuff and encourages everyone to like us and post www.facebook.com/wowliving

New member’s Health and Fitness Goals One on One with Coach Stephanie. Schedule your free 50 minute appointment here .


This Week with WOW Details for all of these events are on Meetup

  • Wednesday June 3 –  Coach Stephanie hosts Free Community Fitness Boot Camp – Bella Vista Park, Oakland at 8:30AM
  • Wednesday June 3 –  Coach Stephanie hosts Walnut Creek Track
  • Wednesday June 3 – Coach Tres hosts Lake Merritt Workout 
  • Thursday June 4 – Run/Walk or Walk with Jennifer at Chabot College
  • Friday June 5 – Speed workout on TRACK in Piedmont. 6AM
  • Sunday June 5 – Walden Park Run, Run/Walk, Walk
  • Monday June 6 – Fun run and walk with Coach Tres and Anne Olson near Jack London Square
  • Tuesday June 7 – You will receive the next issue of The Weekly Pep Talk somewhere around 4:45 in the afternoon
  • Sunday June 14 – Meet and Greet Go WOW Women – For new members to learn about the workings of the club and for interested women to learn more. Join us for the workout and talk afterward or just the talk.
  • Saturday/Sunday, June 20-21 – See Jane Run Expo and Race 5K and Half Marathon
  • Saturday June 27 – Trail Clinic with Coach Stephanie and Coach Tres
  • Saturday July 11 – Nutrition for Peak Race Performance Coach Stephanie speaks at Road Runner Sports in Berkeley

For your daily training plan be sure to refer to the Members’ Area on our website

Ready to BAWRF?

No experience or speed necessary! No WOW Team Membership Required! Contact Coach Stephanie or Lizette Byer to learn more about Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation (BAWRF). WOW Members and non-club members are welcome to join BAWRF if you like to race.


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Private Coaching with Coach Stephanie

Stephanie is a Certified Long Distance Running CoachStephanie Atwood, M.A. CPT/RRCA
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Running Coach
Founder Go WOW Team – Fit Women of the World

I work with companies, coaches, and individuals who want fitness through running, walking, and the outdoors, focusing on adult women.

If you are re-entering, or newly discovering your athleticism and seeking fitness as a lifetime process that can be enhanced through shared commitment, education, and friendship, please contact me!


Weekly Pep Talk Issue 2, Start Dec. 3, 2007 Revisited

Ask About Running
The Weekly Pep Talk
Second Issue
This week is dedicated to Jamila S. (who balances family, friends, & running with grace)
Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9, 2007
Week 48 in 2007
Send comments to: Stephanie@askaboutrunning.com

Hello to All!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s inaugural issue. The holidays are upon us in full force with rich food and increased social obligations. It becomes even more difficult to get exercise now with the short days in addition to holiday happenings yet, it is certainly important!

I’d like to talk about Cross Training a bit because it can help you get in your needed exercise while dealing with all the challenges to your time during the winter holiday season, even when running isn’t possible.

CROSS TRAINING
Cross training, for runners, refers to exercises that are different than running. This could be almost any form of conditioning that gets your heart pumping at a minimum level and duration. So, if you walk instead of run, you are cross training. If you swim, you are cross training. If you do yoga, you are cross training. The caveat here is that the activity needs to be done at a minimum heart rate level of 60% with continuous movement for at least 20 minutes or you are not replacing your running with another type of fitness training. You must have an equal or greater level of intensity to the exercise in order to replace running as your cardio-vascular training method.

STEPHANIE’S DEFINITION OF CROSS TRAINING FOR RUNNERS
Cross training, specific to runners, refers to exercise that compliments, but does not include, outdoor/distance running, AND increases the heart rate to 60% or more of maximum heart rate* for 20 minutes or longer.

Another factor to consider is that you will not start out at a 60% rate. Your heart begins exercise somewhere significantly below it. When I’m on the elliptical machine at the gym it usually takes about 10 minutes to get up to my 60% rate. So, give yourself a minimum of 5 minutes to warm up and another 5 minutes to cool down at the end. Your total workout will be a minimum of 30 minutes. This is why, in our track workouts, we always warm up a bit before getting into the meat of the workout.

This is not to say that activities like gentle yoga or easy walking lack merit. That is not the case. They are forms of movement that stretch and strengthen different muscle groups, but they are not increasing cardio-vascular strength or capacity. Stretching activities and other exercise, even if not rigorous, is important to runners for balance as we tend to have major muscle groups that get no attention while other groups (our quadriceps, for example) get REALLY STRONG. I’m differentiating here to clarify my definition.

More on cross training, stretching, and other exercise in future issues. I hope this was a good beginning for you.

UPCOMING EVENTS…
Christmas Classic and Miracle Mile, Sunday, December 23, 2007, Sponsored by Ohana Road Runners. This is a great time to get a PR on your mile! The course is DOWNHILL! If you’re up to it you can also run the 5K. I have run with this group before and always have a lot of fun. You May Run Or Walk. You may sign up on the day of the race (or in advance). All is well organized, low key and their races always benefit a local charity. http://www.ohanarrca.org/
Details are also listed on the AskStephanieAboutSports@yahoogroups.com Calendar.

As mentioned in the first issue, I offer training schedules for the runs listed below. To know when to start your training and to view the schedules go to AskStephanieAboutRunning@yahoogroups.com and look under Files. Presently the schedule for the Kaiser Permanente in February is listed for both the half marathon and the 5 K. Also look at the Calendar for upcoming events and the starting dates for these other runs.

• The Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon & 5K February 3, 2008
xnet.kp.org/sanfrancisco/index.html
• The London Marathon April 13, 2008
www.london-marathon.co.uk
• The Boston Marathon April 21, 2008 http://www.bostonmarathon.org
• The Bay to Breakers/San Francisco May 18, 2008
http://www.ingbaytobreakers.com/main.html
• See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon & 5K May 31, 2008
• http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K.aspx
• The San Francisco Half & Full Marathon & 5K August 3, 2008 http://www.runsfm.com/home.html
• The Disneyland Half Marathon and 5K August 30/31, 2008 www.disneylandhalfmarathon.com
• The Chicago Marathon October 12, 2008 http://www.chicagomarathon.com
• The Nike Women’s Half and Full Marathon October? (couldn’t find)
www.nike.com
• The New York City Marathon November 2008?
www.ingnycmarathon.org
• The Honolulu Marathon December 14, 2008
www.honolulumarathon.org

Please send me information on other runs. I’ll check into them. I especially want to know if the runs are for women only and, if they are well organized!

How is the training going for the Kaiser? I know some of you are preparing for the half marathon. The 5K would be a great new year’s resolution to start working on now for you new runners or holiday partiers. You still need some motivation to get out there and run! Entry fee goes up after 1/11/08 and there is a limit to the number of participants. All race details are on the official website http://xnet.kp.org/sanfrancisco/index.html.

Send me your stories, comments, and questions about life and running. My E-mail is Stephanie@AskAboutRunning.com.

If you haven’t already joined the group website, please go to AskStephanieAboutSports@yahoogroups.com and join! I would love to have you as a part of this group of active, interesting women, who live a life style that includes giving themselves time for activity. The site offers articles, tools, and encouragement to keep up the good work!

• The Sunday walking/running program will launch on January 6. Full details out soon!

• Start thinking running tours. We’ll do one this summer and one in fall/winter. Details are coming soon…

• Hold on for the official launch of the Ask About Running Website

*MAXIMUM HEART RATE
To calculate MHR with a simple formula try this:

Start with 220
Subtract your age from this amount
Subtract your resting pulse from this amount
Multiply this figure by 60%
Add in your resting pulse

This is your 60% heart rate, a standard percentage used to establish cardiovascular improvement with exercise.

Example

220-40 = 180
180-60 (resting pulse) = 120
120 X.60 =72
+60 (resting pulse) = 132 Minimum Training Level Heart Rate (60%)

Have a great week! Enjoy family, friends and your time for exercise. I’ll be back next Sunday.

Best,
Stephanie Atwood

Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved

The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 274 Start March 29, 2015

Quote of the Week: “If I can imagine it, I can achieve it.” – Anthony Robbins

WOW Woman of the Week: Shout out to returning Member Kathrina Weekes! Now you have to come see us a bit more often, OK? Promise? Is the See Jane Run 5K on your list for this year?

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April Birthdays – Rebecca Novick, Elke Russell, Karin Tulloch, Jen Wuest, Kosheno Moore Takahashi, Emily Tharp, Colleen Blakelock, Julie Traylor-Cruz. Happy Birthday Ladies 

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Coach Tip of the Week: Race let-down. It is common to put a lot of effort and expectation into your race training. Distance doesn’t matter. It is the mental, emotional commitment that you put into your training that makes reaching that goal truly important. When it’s over, then what?

It is extremely common for a sense of let-down and loss. Like, what just happened? You trained hard, you got nervous and excited. You raced! Now it’s over. Oh my!

You are not alone.

In coaching and training lingo this fits in with the concept of periodization meaning that, as in life, there is time and need for ebb and flow, up and down, high and low. So now that your race is over, give yourself a pat on the back for what you accomplished. Then give yourself permission to feel a bit lost, even depressed. It goes away…

You are not alone. I mentioned to our group on Sunday, we at Go WOW Team want to make fitness something you include in your life on a regular basis and hopefully, for as long as you can move. One of the benefits of this club is that, because we always meet, every week, all year. You just need to get yourself out here even when you are a bit down. We’ll get you moving!

On to See Jane Run!

As I also mentioned on Sunday, this is our first week of training for the See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon (also, on same weekend, the Zooma 10K and Half Marathon). So, welcome new trainees! We’ve got your back. Also, it’s not too late to join us for training. Now is the time! Jump in!

You long time members, or recovering ORF (or Livermore) racers, it’s all good! I look forward to training with you at all your individual stages. Let’s not forget to appreciate what we all have…the gift of moving our bodies!

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Link to the WOW Team Challenge Form. Are you filling in your WOW Team Challenge Form? We have several members who have claimed their 10 hour dog tag. Who will be next?

  • Kim Conner
  • Allison Hickey
  • Kathleen Davis
  • Jacque Keller
  • Nicole Dryden
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Please announce your 10 hour achievement on Facebook and keep track of your hours. We will reward you at our next Wednesday or Sunday workout and will put your photo on the Facebook Winners Circle and Go WOW Team page. Who else has gotten to Level 2 at 10 hours completed? Now, keep going to the next level at 50 hours! That’s some major miles…

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Marathon Minute: from Coach Lauren – It’s short so I decided to post the whole things right here. You can also refer to it at the following link on our website.

Success Teams

by Member Appreciation and Go WOW Coach Lauren Ganes

Fitness and friendship, is there anything better than that? The warmth and support of the WOW team provides the opportunity for women to explore, succeed and reach goals they never dreamed of.

As a member of WOW for nearly 6 years it has been a privilege to watch women grow, whether walking, running or training for a triathlon.

We have Coach Stephanie to thank for not only founding the team, but for providing an environment where women feel safe to challenge themselves with the bonus of creating lasting friendships.

And thinking about friendships, and how meaningful the WOW team is, reach out to the members of your Success Teams today. Say hello, wish them well (email or phone) and, if you haven’t seen them recently (or ever!) encourage them to work out with us real soon. Everyone benefits when we share in the success of fitness by working out together.

Thank you, Coach Stephanie for supporting us all in our quest to stay fit!

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Bay Area Go WOW News

Hi Ladies!

The last few weeks have been hectic and exciting and brought out the best in you WOW Women. Congratulations to all racers and especially for the time you devoted to training. That’s where the commitment lies. That’s where the improvement comes from. It’s also a place that I know many of you appreciate having those WOW Buddies out there to keep you pounding the pavement, week after week.

I want to offer a special congrats to those ladies who ran the half marathon. The amount of training is significant and they followed through week after week. I think almost all of our runners had personal bests.

  • Rosa Kaderas-Redmond came in under 2 hours with almost 2 minutes to spare and 2 minutes better than last year.
  • Nicole Dryden finished her fastest half marathon yet by about 4 minutes!
  • Allison Hickey ran her first half marathon race with control and, of course, a best time ever!
  • Cecilia Han just gets out there and moves! I’m not sure about your time.
  • Lizette Byer ran the whole race with her daughter making this possibly the best half marathon she’s ever run!

We’re super proud of you all!

I want to thank all of you who jumped in to help out with details where you could. The leaders of the relay teams took on extra responsibility to make sure their teams had the pieces together. Thank you Leaders!

The volunteers who helped out at the Expo on Saturday were invaluable. We got a good bunch of names to add to our mailing list.

The group on Sunday who helped set up and managed the tent included Lauren Ganes, Sandy Baird (Dr. Baird), and Joanie Zecherle. All three of these ladies spent hours out there serving us, helping us, encouraging us racers. It was a big sacrifice of time and does not go without appreciation.

Thank you again everyone and congratulations to all you fine racers. It was fun, wasn’t it? Now we head into training for the See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon.

Our orientation on Saturday and trail run on Sunday showed interest in both the 5K and Half. Currently I know we have Marybeth Temples, Kim Connor, Holly Haley, and Faith Enemark planning to do the 5K. Who else is training for either one or the Zooma races in Napa (same weekend)? Keep me posted. I’ll try to keep a list for you to know who is doing what. Also, just to see how many read this far, we have a 20% discount at See Jane Run by using code PROMO20. Be sure to enter you team as Go WOW Team.

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Other

New, Free! Wednesday Community Boot Camp at Bella Vista Park in Oakland. Join me for this new community gathering – free boot camp at 8:30 every Wednesday morning. Details on Meetup

Vote for a Fall Half Marathon and 5K. I’m soliciting votes for a fall half marathon and 5K Destination Race. We always have so much fun with these! Any suggestions are welcome but I am especially looking into the Wine Country Race in October or Big Sur again in November. Both of these races fill early so, once we determine our race, you’ll need to make a commitment. Make your comments on Facebook please.

Keep the Spirit!

Coach Stephanie

Upcoming Events of Note: (this is not a complete WOW Team calendar)

  • May 16 – Saturday Trail Runs, check with Tres on the series of trail runs that she will lead for intermediate runners. First one is May 16 at 1:00. Details on Meetup.
  • May 23 – Saturday workouts with Susan Haworth in Alameda. Susan has offered to help out with some Saturday fun workouts for all levels. Starting On May 23, with about one each month. Details coming soon on Meetup.
  • May 31 – practice on See Jane Run Half marathon Course
  • June 20 – 21 – See Jane Run Expo and Race Weekend

Details for these special events are on meetup. For the full calendar of WOW Workouts go to our website at or http://meetup.com/gowowteam

Photos:

#1  San Leandro Marina with Kathrina (Kathy) 2nd to the right

#2  Victory!

#3  See Jane Run from 2012?

#4  Oakland Run Fest Go WOW Tent 2015 with Ann Ritzma, Pat Chase, Anne Olson, Elaine Porter, Lauren Ganes

Note: If you have a question please post your question on the WOW Team facebook page  and I’ll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Go WOW Team!

5 Tips for Walking or Running in the Dark

Working out with a group creates safety even in the dark. Photographer unknown

by Coach Stephanie Atwood

On these cold, black mornings and evenings, that stay dark until many of us start working and become dark before we leave the office, we are faced with a dilemma; work out in the dark, head inside to exercise, or skip it. Two of those options will receive an OK from me and one doesn’t cut the mustard.

If you choose to work out at the gym then excuses should never be an issue.

My personal preference is outdoors whenever possible but this has to be tempered with reality.

Here are some tips to working out outdoors in the dark:

  1. Join a group or enlist a buddy to work out with you. There is safety in numbers and the more the merrier.
  2. Get a good flashlight or headlamp and make sure you have batteries that are charged. It takes some getting used to moving quickly in the dark and accepting a limited range of vision to work from, but a good flashlight will give you ample illumination to move comfortably.
  3. Most people will slow their pace or shorten their stride in the dark to allow for less of their senses filling in details. This just makes good sense when your vision is limited. Your feet need to be more attuned to the surfaces they’re touching and given a bit more time to interpret the results. Bumps and breaks don’t always show up when you’re only seeing black and shades of grey so feet have to take on additional work.
  4. Arms also need to be at a bit more attention, meaning that they will be working just a bit harder. This is to allow for a change of balance when your brain is working with information that depends on eyes less and feet more.
  5. Wear reflective clothing – shoes, gloves, jackets, pants, and hats all come with reflective strips and will up your visibility to others, especially cars. There is nothing worse, as a driver, than to see a pedestrian darting into or out of your car’s path, at just the last moment.

The Bay Area has a climate that accommodates working out almost every day outside. We are blessed with decent weather and beautiful places to exercise. With a little planning and some common sense you can have the benefit of fresh air and open space to enhance your exercise regimen. What could be better?

by Coach Stephanie, Bay Area Women’s Fitness Writer and Founder of Go WOW Team

originally published at examiner.com


Coach Stephanie Atwood M.A. has been running and coaching for more than 3 decades. With certification from US Track and Field, Road Runners Club of America, National Academy of Sports Medicine and more she is truly a professional in her field and has helped thousands of runners achieve their goals. As Founder of Go WOW Team Coach Stephanie offers opportunity for each woman to find her athlete within and push those boundaries to see just how far she can reach.

Jump Start Your Summer and Fall Training with WOW!

50 in 100

The WOW Team is adding 50 new members in the next 100 days and we want YOU!


A run like no other through the Napa Valley


Here is what the WOW Team Offers Every Day:

Professional Coaching with personalized training and goal setting

More than 7 neighborhood workouts (walking, running, speed work, and tempo runs) each week throughout the greater Bay Area. You may attend one or all!

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The WOW Team was voted Best Bay Area Women's Run Club for 2012 by an ABC7 Poll.
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Go WOW Team at See Jane Run Half Marathon 2011!


Summer Specials

May
Sports Nutrition Clinic every Saturday, online
Free at meetup.com/gowowteam


June
Power Walking Clinics

  Intermediate Running Clinics

    Starts June 6 in Walnut Creek, 5 Weeks $89. Here is the link
    Starts June 13 in Oakland/Piedmont, 5 Weeks $99. Here is the link

Hill and Pacing Clinics

Free to Members or Join Specific Event on Meetup


July
Start to train for

San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon Oct 4

  Humboldt Redwoods Half Marathon Oct 21


 


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What better time to start your new lifetime of fitness?

Getting started: Details for you to join the WOW Team, as a full subscriber, or a drop-in are available on our website at Go WOW Team
 

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The Weekly Pep Talk – WOW was Smokin’

The Weekly Pep Talk #187
Start March 26, 2012

Words to Live By: “Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” –  Aristotle

Final Chance: Please Vote! Get the family and friends to help out. Let’s make the Wow Team the Best Running Club in the Bay Area! http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 . Deadline March 30. Thanks to everyone who has already voted but please bring your friends and family on board, too. We need those votes!

Happy Runners. Oakland Run Fest 2012. Photo by Lauren Ganes

Marathon Minute from Lauren Ganes is ready for reading. Go to http://gowowteam.com/marathon-minute-16 for an update on the ORF.

WOW Members, please share your race stories on the Winners’ Circle. This is your time! (WOW Member but not on the Winners’ Circle? Check your membership resource letter for details on how to participate.)


Dear WOW Members and Interested Readers,

There will be two more weeks of condensed Weekly Pep Talks. I am taking off tomorrow for a trip to Boston and New York with my college age daughter and we are spending a week exploring colleges and 2 new cities for the first time! I have been all over the world but never to Boston and only once to New York. I am excited! Both, for time to spend with my youngest daughter and for an adventure to share!

Rowena and Julie. Rowena ran her first half marathon! 2012

As for the WOW Team, I have to repeat Ann R’s quote from the Winners’ Circle “WOW – wee!” What a group! You showed your stuff this weekend and it is documented in race times, photos, and satisfied trainees. I am so proud of what each of you have accomplished! You should feel terrific (if a bit sore!)

Many of you were mentioned in Lauren’s Marathon Minute so, before thinking we fogot you, please check it out! In addition to what Lauren already wrote about (and photographed) I want to salute Laura L who ran 8 minutes faster in her 5K race this year over last! Additionally Laura took some dynamite photos AND was the impetus and organizer for her school to add a youth running program for students to train for yesterday’s race. You totally rock Laura!

Elaine P and Ann R finished the 5K bright and early then had to rush off for family and work matters. I loved seeing you out there, finishing strong. Please know that See Jane Run 5K and Half holds bigger and better things for both of you! Go for it!

I have known Amanda M for several years. To see the transformation in this woman from then until now is incredible! I am so proud of what you have accomplished Amanda and also see what kind of strength there is in family. You ran for your father, you have a husband who is right there with you (literally, since you ran together!) and a lovely baby daughter to carry on the love from generation to generation. Much was accomplished yesterday. Good job!

Christy and Ann, pre race! Oakland Run Fest 2012, photo by Lauren G

In her usual quiet and determined manner Christy G crossed the finish of the Oakland Half Marathon for the second time. The WOW Team congratulates you and I am especially proud. Thanks for the wonderful training workouts we’ve shared!

We also saw Beth W, who has been an incredible mentor, run the relay with her “best cupcake buddies”. The ladies are making ORF Relay a tradition and we applaud traditions and women’s fitness so you are doing it right!

Lizette B, finished with a personal record of 2 hours and 3 minutes and a bit was also on a clip in the news last night on television so we will be needing to get her autograph soon. Go Lizette! Now, on to a century ride in June…

Christie A, one of our newest members participated in her first race, ever, as a relay partner in yesterday’s relay. Christie’s team included Iris T, Vera C, and Lesley T. Good run Christie! Now, a half marathon is in order right? See Jane Run here we come!

Coach Stephanie, Christie, Eileen, Robbi , and Iris after our races. Photo by Laura Lance.

I want to thank the leaders of the relay teams, Iris T and Eileen K. You ladies got it together! Eileen’s Team included Ellen Gordon, April Nicolas, and Kathrina Weekes.

I want to thank all the volunteers who helped at the expo and, especially Iris T, Pam Skiles, and Husbands Andy Ganes and Adam Byers who went to extra efforts to show up early, late and help as needed.

I want to give a big THANKS to Laura and Lauren who took so many wonderful photos!

I also want to commend Lauren for her tenacity in recovering gradually so that, after a year, she was able to successfully complete another half marathon, injury-free.

I saw a group of women out there yesterday pushing themselves, each other, and having fun. What could be better? I want to congratulate each of you for what you accomplished. For each of you that was a different thing. We had so many successes yesterday, measured by the goals each of us had set and by the strength in what our team represents – lifetime fitness, friendship, and fun.

And, how about the party at Michaela and Tony’s house? Was that the very best ending possible to a wonderful day? Thank you, thank you Michaela and Tony for welcoming us to your home and introducing us to incredible cooking!

Here is a list of participants from my memory. If I left your name out, please let me know. Each of you deserves so much credit.

5K

Elaine Porter
Ann Ritzma
Jeanetta Mack
Laura Lance

Relay

WOW Team A

  • Eileen Killory
  • Ellen Gordon
  • April Nicolas
  • Kathrina Weekes

WOW Team B

  • Iris Torres
  • Vera Chrebtow
  • Christie Areias
  • Lesley Turner

Beth Wrightson – The Cupcake Relay Team

Half Marathoners

Lauren Ganes
Robbi Cook
Lizette Byers
Christy Gerren
Coach Stephanie
Colleen Blakelock
Rowena Robles
Julie Yokoyama
Coach Stephanie
Kyoung Lee
Pat Chase
Lily Chien-Davis
Michaela Ristaino
Fiona Burger
Amanda Moynihan
Anna Santos

What a group!

 


See Jane Run Training

OK, it’s time to ramp up the training! See Jane Run, here we come. 5K and half marathon, we’re taking you down!


This coming week I want everyone to work on form. Minimum workout is 60 minutes, Maximum is 100 minutes. Please don’t go over 60 unless you’ve already done this amount. Then up it by 10 minutes from wherever you are. If you are new with WOW I recommend working at 1/1 with a woman who is a similar pace. Touch base with Beth to find out who can work out with you.

If you just finished your half marathon, this is a recovery week. 60 minutes is good. Just “stay in the game” this week. Nice and easy, fun movement.

If you are a relay or 5K veteran, let’s get a 60 minute workout in with medium speed (tempo speed for 4 minutes with 1 minute easy recovery walking).

Beth will lead the workout on Sunday at San Leandro Marina. Christy leads the walk on Saturday. Lauren and Michaela are leading the workouts on Wednesday. Thanks to all my wonderful workout leaders!

Success!
Coach Stephanie

P.S. I’ll be back on Wednesday, April 4. See you then!

“I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.” – Robert Schuller


Interested Readers?
“Greetings,
I am offering a FREE ebook (Kindle, Nook, iPad, computer screen) of my latest novel to anyone in your club who would consider writing a short review for a blog, newsletter, or local newspaper.

My name is Joe C. Ellis. I am a 55 year old distance runner from Martins Ferry, Ohio and also a novelist. My mystery novels have become regional best sellers.
I’ve always been interested in the positive difference running makes in our lives as we age. This interest inspired the plot for my latest novel, Murder on the Outer Banks–The Methuselah Murders. It is due out in April of 2012 through John F. Blair, a long standing North Carolina publisher.

The novel is about a sixty-five-year-old medical researcher who develops a serum that reverses aging in human cells. After injecting himself with the serum, he monitors his progress through his distance running. When he posts a world-class time of 17:35 for his age group in a local 5K, a mysterious triumvirate of pharmaceutical CEOs known as the Medical Mafia wants the serum at any price. The bodies pile up along the Outer Banks as a Russian mobster and a couple rogue FBI agents attempt to get their hands on the serum and formula.

If you could get this request through to your club members through your email list or some other means, it would be greatly appreciated. Anyone interested can email me at joecellis@comcast.net .

Thanks for considering this request. Sincerely, Joe C. Ellis

Please VOTE!
Don’t forget to vote for WOW as Best Bay Area Running Club! Get friends and family, too!http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 


Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team publicfacebook page and I’ll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I’ll check in on both. Go WOW Team!

The Weekly Pep Talk – Less than 2 Weeks to Oakland and 12 Weeks for See Jane Run

The Weekly Pep Talk #185
Start March 12, 2012

Words to live by:  "Do the thing and you will have the power." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Woman of the Week: Pam Skiles – as humble as they come. Soooo much improvement!  
 
Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  Time to focus on the other aspects of racing and tapering beyond the physical training.

  • Plan your water and snack stops based on the actual course. How will you handle them?
  • Determine what you will wear and why
  • Take time to visualize yourself on the course, running effortlessly and with confidence.  Go over this scenario several times in the next period before your race
  • Be mentally and physically prepared for a wonderful, exciting (maybe a bit scary) day! 

Dear WOW Women and Interested Readers,
 
Our longest training day is now out of the way. Whether it was 14 miles (woo hoo!) or a shorter, faster practice for the relay or 5K you ladies rocked it!

The focus for most of us is the upcoming Oakland Run Fest. That said I want us all to remember that WOW is here for us FOREVER (I hope)!  Wherever you are in your training, let’s do it together, have fun, push ourselves, and be assured that this is what the WOW Team is truly about – lifetime fitness, friendship and fun.

Can you feel the fitness vibes? Go WOW Team!
 
We had more than 20 women show up last Sunday at Point Isabel.  This included 4 new (or almost new) women. Janette, Emily, Gloria and new WOW Member Vera ran with us and those women were MOVING!
 
It was good to see Christie, Pat and Lauren again after their being away. Laura, I loved seeing you out there again and love your positive attitude.
 
Kudos to all of you “regulars” who showed up on Saturday or Sunday. Elaine, Mary Sue, Eileen, Michaela, Amanda, Iris, Lizette, Ann, Kyoung, Julie, Pam, Kathy W, Robbi, and Rowena who made the daylight savings time adjustment. Lesley and Lily showed up too, just about an hour after starting time! Good that you did the workout ladies, all of you!
 
We also missed a couple of you who were out sick. Get well Ellen, Colleen and Christy.
 
If I missed your name, and you were present this week, please forgive me. I try to mention everyone and rely heavily on our sign-in sheet to help my recall. Each of you matters so much! Accept my apology if I ever skip your name. It is not intentional, believe me…
 
And, for those of you reading this, who have not attended recently, please join us soon! We miss you!
 
To women everywhere and especially you wonderful WOW Members; you make my dream of bringing fitness to all women, more of a reality, every time you participate. Thank you! You are amazing!

Go for it!
Coach Stephanie


This Week with WOW:

Come to our kick-offs and orientations this week:

  • March 14 – Wednesday, Track in SF, 6:15 AM, Walnut Creek, 6:30 PM, Tempo run or walk at Lake Merritt, 6:30 PM
  • March 15 – Virtual Orientation, Call-in on Thursday, 6:30 PM. Learn about WOW. Learn about training for See Jane Run Half Marathon or 5K.
  • March 17 – Neighborhood Kick-off to train for See Jane Run, Saturday, 8:30 AM
  • March 17 – Virtual Orientation, Call-in on Saturday, 2:30 PM. Learn about WOW. Learn about training for See Jane Run Half Marathon or 5K
  • March 18 – First Neighborhood Training for See Jane Run. Taper run for Oakland. Celebration for All! 8 AM 

Details and RSVP on http://meetup.com/gowowteam


15 Minute Quickies

As part of my continued efforts to get quality information to each and every one of you, in a convenient and current format, here is a link to the first of my series of15 Minute Quickies. TheseMP3 format downloads can be listened to at your convenience and have invaluable information on all aspects of training. This first one is titled Tapering, and is geared to all of you who will be racing in less than 2 weeks. Please let me know what you think. Here is the link http://www.mediafire.com/file/uoofrln3r81e1qr/Tapering.mp3  The information should be very helpful and the entire presentation is less than 15 minutes!
 
Next Title – Week 1 of 12 – Start Training for a Half Marathon. What to do each day of your first week.
 
Please let me know your thoughts and, if you have any topics you would like me to speak about. Enter your comments on our public Facebook page at http://facebook.com/gowowteam  or the Winners’ Circle – for members only.


Congratulations to Kelly Woodard who ran a super marathon in Napa, two weeks ago. Go Kelly!


Train for See Jane Run, March 14, 17, 18th
Join our virtual community on March 14th or 17th to learn about WOW and training for See Jane Run or come to our neighborhood Lake Merritt Kick-off and meet Coach Stephanie in person. Actual training starts March 18…


Intermediate to Advanced Training Strategy for your Next Race
Ready to kick up the training a notch? This series of calls, offered by Coach Stephanie, will enhance your training when you are ready to talk “pace, distance, speed, and calculated strategies“for improving what you’ve already started.  If you are able to train at a sustained heart rate of 80% or higher for 30 – 60 minutes, three times a week (or more), you will benefit from what your Coach can offer you in this training. Starting Saturday, April 7, Coach Stephanie will record a series of calls from members submitting questions ahead of time. These calls will start at 3:00 and the topic will be discussed for 15 minutes with questions and dialog following. Post your questions on Ask Coach Stephanie on Facebook, please

  • Intermediate to Advanced Level Training
  • Starts Saturday, April 7 at 3:00 PM, PST
  • These calls will also be recorded for later listening
  • A neighborhood clinic will be added soon to enhance your training. Stay tuned

March 18 is a Taper Workout or Starting point for See Jane Run
Finally, you get to taper! Half Marathoners do 10 miles or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. Relay, 5K, and new SJR Trainees will do 75 minutes or 7 miles, whichever comes first.

Bring snack food to Walden Park and, in addition to our workout, we will add a little pre-race “getting psyched up “celebration, education, and race details session. For new recruits or women continuing on with training for See Jane Run, I will also go through the 12 week training plan and other details for newcomers. Should be a fun day.

On Sunday we have scheduled guest speaker, Dr. Sandy Baird, from Inner Sport in Berkeley. Sandy will be talking to us about preventing and managing knee pain in runners. She can be reached at drsandy@innersport.com. Sandy will be talking at about 10:00 and will also offer one on one consultation. Her bio is very impressive and is listed in full on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/GoWOWTeam/events/44872112/


March 25 – Post Race Pasta Feed at Michaela’s!
Wonderful WOW Member Michaela R. and husband Tony have offered to host a post-race pasta feed for WOW Members and their families. You Must RSVP so we know who is attending. Starting between 4 – 5 on Sunday, March 25, Michaela and Tony will provide killer home-made pasta sauce (vegetarian, I believe) with meatballs on the side. Each of us is asked to bring a side salad or other side dish and a beverage of choice. RSVP on meetup please. We’ll send directions to all who RSVP.


 
Welcome Saturday Power Walkers! We have a new group of women who are POWER Walkers training every Saturday with coaching from me, every other week. Welcome to Dawn P, Michelle S, Willie, and Donna R. These ladies walk fast! They start at 7AM then stay to walk with the WOW Fitness Walkers at 8:30. The goal is probably Nike Women’s or San Jose Rock’n’Roll in October. Ready to start training with the WOW Team Power Walkers? Info on meetup…
 
Don’t forget! Training for See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon starts This Week

  • Virtual Kickoff on March 15 and March 17
  • Neighborhood Kickoff on March 17
  • Practice starts March 18

Details are on Meetup at http://meetup.com/gowowteam


Success Teams are Forming! Join us!
 
If you are interested in learning more, in general about Success Team Calls, you can look at a brief slide presentation at https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddqwb8vg_17jkmw8c9 and let us know that you would like to attend. These Success Calls are really fun and uplifting. Try to participate if you can. All WOW Members are eligible.


Still Needed! – Oakland Expo Volunteers Needed – The WOW Team needs volunteers to help at the Oakland Run Fest Expo. We can use members or friends and family. Here is what we need:
 
Friday, March 23 – Setup. 2 volunteers plus Coach Stephanie
 
Saturday, March 24 – Expo opens about 8AM. We’ll do 2 hour shifts until closing time (need to check times) so need 10 – 15 volunteers (this is the day you have to pick up your race bib so you’ll be coming anyway). This day it is best to have WOW Members at our booth if possible because you will be talking with the public and handing out postcards, etc. about the WOW Team.
 
Sunday, March 25 – The WOW Team has a booth at the race pavilion where we can leave stuff and meet and so on. We need non-participants so this is a good one to recruit family and friends.
 Details to follow. Times needed are from 45 minutes before race time to about 1:00. We will also need some clean-up here, after the race.  
 
ORF Helpers: Thanks to the ladies below. I need more!
Iris T – Friday
Ellen G – as needed
Lauren G – as needed
Colleen B – expo
Eileen K – expo
Pam S – Race Day Tent


Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in October – Contact Lizette if you are interested in participating. Facebook is best for starters…


Post your love for the WOW Team on Yelp.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/go-wow-team-oakland
 
Recap from prior weeks:
Coaching calls are now happening on Saturday at 2:30 PM. The phone number has changed. Please RSVP on the Winners’ Circle for this week. Thanks!
 
Be sure to look over the Resources Page on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources
 
Post on Winners Circle every week – From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW journal I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/
 
Arrive early; win a prize – WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner.  To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing while I have goodies to give away.
 
Upcoming random races and opportunities:
March 25, 2012 – Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com
April 14thRedwood City, Sequoia Stampede, http://www.seqstampede.com/Stampede.html
April 22, 2012 – Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 5, http://www.ocmarathon.com/ The OC Marathon and Half Marathon
May 5-6, 2012 – Gather your friends, co-workers or families (12 member teams).  Decorate 2 vans.  Dress your best (costumes optional).  Walk 128 miles or run 199 miles (3 times each, 5 miles in rotation) from the Wine Country, across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, to Santa Cruz.  Join California’s Longest Party on 650.508.9700 or email run@therelay.com.
May 6, 2012 – Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
May 17 – 19 – Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
May 20 – The 101st Running of Zazzle Bay to Breakers – Discount Code for WOW Members on our website at gowowteam.com
June 3, 2012 See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
July 29, 2012Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day http://www.thesfmarathon.com
Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day
November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Scottsdale-Tempe
www.womenshalfmarathon.com/scottsdale-tempe
 


Please VOTE!

Don’t forget to vote for WOW as Best Bay Area Running Club! Get friends and family, too! http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 


Pictures
#1 – Pam Skiles herself, finishing her first ever 5K – photo by Mars Larsen
#2 – Coach Stephanie walking at Point Isabel – photo by Lauren G
#3 – Pam S, Kathy W, and Sarah at Popint Isabel – photo by Lauren G

Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public facebook page and I'll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I'll check in on both. Go WOW Team!


The Weekly Pep Talk Only 20 Days…

The Weekly Pep Talk #184
Start March 5, 2012

Words to live by: "One of the best things to do sometimes is simply to be." – Eric Butterworth
 
Woman of the Week:  Mary Sue W, who usually runs with us at Sawyer Camp, when we see her. It is always a real pleasure to have you join us!
 
Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  Water, water. What an essential life element. Please remember to drink water on a regular basis for a healthy lifestyle. When you are training and sweating you want to add additional water to the mix. For workouts over an hour, you may want to add some electrolyte mix to that water because you are losing nutrients in your sweat and from evaporation. Small bits (2 oz. or less) on a regular basis is way better that big guzzles when you are excercising.
 
Dear WOW Women and Interested Readers,
 
What fun last weekend watching the trainees starting from Snow Park and heading out on their chosen courses. Everyone did really well! I was, as usual, very proud to be a WOW Team Member!

For some of you this was a first 13.1 miles and you did it with such aplomb. Rowena, Kathrina, and Kyoung completed their first half marathon distance last Sunday. Hurrah! Lizette had a great run and ran most of the way with Ann R, and Robbi C. I ran with Colleen, Michaela, and Fiona, interspersed with Julie, Ellen and Christy. Lily and Kyoung disappeared early. Where did you ladies go? I had so much fun talking, getting to know you better, watching how you’ve improved. Then there was that one guy…never found out if he was single or not…

Beth W, Eileen, Ellen, Iris, and Lesley showed up at Snow Park then headed off to do their leg of the relay. Read some of their comments in The Winners’ Circle.

BTW, ‘loved those WOW t-shirts!

You should all feel good about where you are in your training and where you are going. For some of us, this race will not be our peak and there will be other races in the future. For those of you who are uninjured, well trained, psyched and confident, this is your time! How Exciting!

This weekend is our final long run, to be done at a moderate pace for 14 miles or 3 hours, whichever comes first. We’ll be at beautiful Point Isabel. Our relay participants will be doing 80 minutes, at a moderate to strong pace. Isn’t it great to be able to see the end so near?
 
If the day is nice and you have time, let’s meet for coffee after our workout this weekend.
 
March 17/18 is a taper weekend for ORF and also the start of training for See Jane Run. On Sunday we have scheduled guest speaker, Dr. Sandy Baird, from Inner Sport in Berkeley. Sandy will be talking to us about preventing and managing knee pain in runners. She can be reached at drsandy@innersport.com. Sandy will be talking at about 10:00 and will also offer one-on one consultations. Her bio is very impressive and is listed in full on the meetup site.
 
Also on Sunday, March 18, let’s bring snack food to Walden Park and do a little pre-race “getting psyched up“ celebration. With only 10 miles to run for the half marathoners and 90 minutes for the new See Jane Run Trainees, let’s celebrate with a little good food and casual conversation, along with the talk (and evaluations) from Dr Baird and a Q and A Session from your coach.

For new recruits or women continuing on with training for See Jane Run, I will also go through the 12 week training plan and other details for newcomers. Should be a fun day.
 

March 25 – Post Race Pasta Feed at Michaela’s!

Wonderful WOW Member Michalea R. and husband Tony have offered to host a post-race pasta feed for WOW Members and their families. You Must RSVP so we know who is attending. Starting between 4 – 5 on Sunday, March 25, Michaela and Tony will provide killer home-made pasta sauce (vegetarian, I believe) with meatballs on the side. Each of us is asked to bring a side salad or other side dish and a beverage of choice. RSVP on meetup please (It’s not posted yet) but will be soon. We’ll send directions to all who RSVP. Thanks Michaela and Tony!
 


Welcome Saturday Power Walkers!

We have a new group of women who are POWER Walkers training every Saturday with coaching from me, every other week. Welcome to Dawn P, Michelle S, Willie, and Donna R. These ladies walk fast! They start at 7AM then stay to walk with the WOW Fitness Walkers at 8:30. The goal is probably Nike Womens or San Jose Rock’n’Roll in October. Ready to start training with the WOW Team Power Walkers? Info on meetup…


Training for See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon starts soon

ü  Virtual Kickoff on March 15,

ü  Neighborhood Kickoff on March 17

ü  Practice starts March 18


 Workout and Event Details are on Meetup at http://meetup.com/gowowteam

Here’s to Fitness, Friendship and Fun, the WOW Way!
Coach Stephanie
P.S. Lauren is back! Yahoo!!

 

WOW Has Been Demoted. Please VOTE!

Don’t forget to vote for WOW asBest Bay Area Running Club! We have descended fromfirst to second place and need YOUR VOTE! Get friends and family, too!http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 Go WOW Team! As a heads up, if you look and WOW is already in first place, hold off on voting. We want to be strategic here. However, for us to stay even 1 vote ahead of the other teams is an excellent strategy and will keep us in first place (once we get there!)


Success Teams are Forming! Join us! 
March 8 – Mentor, Beth W will be holding another Success Team Call. Pam, Colleen, Beth, and Lizette have room for one more participant. If you are interested please tell us on facebook and we will invite you to Beth’s call or another group as it forms. Beth’s group meets on Thursday at 8PM. All WOW Members are invited to be in a Success Team. Each group only has 5 members but you are not limited to which group you can join.
 
Eileen K, also a mentor, will be offering a call on Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM. If you are available at this time let us know (on facebook) and you will be invited.
 
I will also be offering a Success Team Call on Saturdays, at 4:00, starting on March 3, immediately before our regular coached call at 4:30.
 
Robbi C is also forming a group and details will be posted soon.
 
Thanks to all of the leaders for hosting these call. You may contact Beth, Robbi, Eileen, or me, to learn how to participate. Go to the Winners Circle to start the dialog, please. 

If you are interested in learning more, in general about Success Team Calls, you can look at a brief slide presentation at https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddqwb8vg_17jkmw8c9 and let us know that you would like to attend. These Success Calls are really fun and uplifting. Try to participate if you can.


Still Needed! – Oakland Expo Volunteers Needed – The WOW Team needs volunteers to help at the Oakland Run Fest Expo. We can use members or friends and family. Here is what we need:
 
Friday, March 23 – Setup. 2 volunteers plus Coach Stephanie
 
Saturday, March 24 – Expo opens about 8AM. We’ll do 2 hour shifts until closing time (need to check times) so need 10 – 15 volunteers (this is the day you have to pick up your race bib so you’ll be coming anyway). This day it is best to have WOW Members at our booth if possible because you will be talking with the public and handing out postcards, etc. about the WOW Team.
 
Sunday, March 25 – The WOW Team has a booth at the race pavilion where we can leave stuff and meet and so on. We need non-participants so this is a good one to recruit family and friends.Times needed are from 45 minutes before (half marathon) race time to about 1:00. We will also need some clean-up here, after the race.  
 
ORF Helpers: Thanks to the ladies below. I need more!
Iris T – Friday
Ellen G – as needed
Lauren G – as needed
Colleen B – expo
Eileen K – expo



Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in October – Lizette has offered to help with this. Laura did it last year. Could you two get together and, the rest of you let Lizette know if you want to enter? She needs your name soon to get us in the lottery. Thanks Lizette.
 
Post your love for the WOW Team on Yelp.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/go-wow-team-oakland
 
Recap from prior weeks:
Coaching calls are now happening on Saturday at 4:30 PM. The phone number has changed. Please RSVP on the Winners’ Circle for this week.. Thanks!
 
Be sure to look over the Resources Page on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources
 
Post on Winners Circle every week – From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW journal I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/
 
Register now for your chosen race at the Oakland Run Fest. WOW Members get a $5 discount. The code is on our web page under the Resources Tab “For Members Only”.
 
Arrive early; win a prize – WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner.  To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing when I have goodies to give away.

 

Upcoming random races and opportunities:
March 25, 2012– Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com
April 14thRedwood City, Sequoia Stampede, http://www.seqstampede.com/Stampede.html
April 22, 2012– Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 5,http://www.ocmarathon.com/The OC Marathon and Half Marathon
May 6, 2012– Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
Join California’s Longest Party on May 5-6, 2012! Gather your friends, co-workers or families (12 member teams).  Decorate 2 vans.  Dress your best (costumes optional).  Walk 128 miles or run 199 miles (3 times each, 5 miles in rotation) from the Wine Country, across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, to Santa Cruz.  Please view TheRelay.com, call 650.508.9700 or email run@therelay.com.
May 17 – 19 –Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
May 20– The 101st Running of Zazzle Bay to Breakers – Discount Code for WOW Members on our website at gowowteam.com
June 3, 2012See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
July 29, 2012Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day http://www.thesfmarathon.com
Aug 26, 2012– Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
Sept 21, 20127th Annual Run at Work Day
November 18, 2012– The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Scottsdale-Tempe
www.womenshalfmarathon.com/scottsdale-tempe
 


Please VOTE!

Don’t forget to vote for WOW as Best Bay Area Running Club! Get friends and family, too! http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 


Pictures
#1 – Go WOW Team – self portrait of WOW Cap by Coach Stephanie
#2 – Heidi H coming in to the finish of SF Half with a PR – photo by Lauren G
#3 – Kosheno M running the Oakland Half in 2011 – photographer unknown
#4 – Somd of the girls at the end of Oakland last year – Photographer Scott?

Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public facebook page and I'll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I'll check in on both. Go WOW Team!

The Weekly Pep Talk

The Weekly Pep Talk #182
Start 2-20-2012

Words to live by: Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it's enough – Robert Heller

Woman of the Week:  Ann Ritzma is one of a kind. This woman wears so many hats and does a super job with all of them. We are so lucky to have you as a member and mentor, Ann. Thanks so much!

Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  Don’t forget to vote for WOW as Best Bay Area Running Club! We have descended fromfirst to second place and need YOUR VOTE! Get friends and family, too!http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 Go WOW Team!



Dear WOW Women and Interested Readers:

I want to congratulate those women who are burning up the pavement every week in their training for the upcoming Oakland Run Fest. Whether it is the 5K, Relay, or Half Marathon, you ladies are sticking with the commitment you made to yourselves and to the WOW Team. Go for it!

For those of you who have drifted away… for a few weeks or a few months or even longer, WE WANT YOU BACK! It is one of the most distressing parts of my job, as coach and founder of the WOW Team, to meet women who want to partake and then leave, often without notification.YOU ARE MISSED!

The worst part for me is that I usually don’t know what happened…With some of you, we stay in touch, and often, it is family obligations. I truly understand how difficult it is to manage relationships (especially young families) and find time for yourself. That said, we all know how essential it is to have time to pursue your own fitness and to feel supported enough to justify that time.

The WOW Team understand both sides of this situation. However, I want you to feel supported by us and encouraged to talk to your families and loved ones about your needs. You are equal in importance to any member of your family – in terms of priorities, no more and no less (this is my opinion).

Now, I know that logistics can make a difference because we have a bond and obligation to family members. Some members in our family need our time in ways and places that conflict with our own needs. I understand this.

Here are some suggestions:
Talk to your family – even the young ones and ask them:

  • What do they think of you running and getting out exercising on a regular basis. (If you haven’t mentioned this to them before, they may never have thought of you wanting or needing this in your life).
  • Ask them how they can help you to be able to get out and exercise (this goes for the whole family, big and little folks).
  • Ask them if they would like to cheer you on if you entered a race (most folks will say yes).

These are just some thoughts for those of you who may just need a little support at home to come back to the WOW Team.

Whatever is keeping you away, please know that you are always welcome and ENCOURAGED to return. We miss you! You make our group better. Come back soon!
 
Best,
Coach Stephanie


Relay Members and 5K Members You’re upping the time just a little so, try for a few increments of faster running, somewhere in the middle of your workout. 1:1 maybe 10 – 20 minutes of harder/easy and 4:1 maybe 30 minutes or so of pushing the run part. You can do this!

Half Marathon Trainees, you are getting up there in time and distance! This weekend you’ll be putting in 160 minutes (2 hours and 40 minutes) or 12 miles, whichever comes first.  We’ll be at the Berkeley Marin so, eat beforehand, bring water or electrolyte for the run, and plan to snack (GU or some other fast energy) on the run. Again this weekend TRY something different. Just try one thing different so that you will know if it made things better or worse for you.


Success Team Calls –
Mentor, Beth W will be holding a Success Team Call on Thursday, February 23 at 8:00PM for 5 lucky women whom Beth has already invited.

Eileen K, also a mentor, will be offering a call on Tuesday night, February 28 at 8:00 PM.

I will also be offering a Success Team Call on Saturdays, at 4:00, starting on March 3, immediately before our regular coached call at 4:30.

You may contact either Beth or Eileen, or me, to learn how to participate. Go to the Winners Circle to start the dialog, please.

If you are interested in learning more, in general, you can look at a brief slide presentation at https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddqwb8vg_17jkmw8c9 and let us know that you would like to attend. These Success Calls are really fun and uplifting. Try to participate if you can.

Here’s to good training , friends and fitness. I would be less happy without all of you wonderful WOW Team women bringing me a warm smile every time I see you at one of our workouts.

Have a good week. See you soon.
Coach Stephanie

P.S. Mark your calendars for a 7:00 AM start time for practice on the ORF course! March 4 (I didn’t choose the time, ORF did). Please RSVP on the WOW Meetup site and also on the Oakland Run Fest Facebook page.



Online Coaching – Train Online – For All Levels of Women Runners and Walkers. Free Intro with Coach Stephanie this Saturday

Here's a webinar I highly recommend (attend for free, RSVP now)—
Train Online for Easy Access and Great Results!

(Click the link above now to RSVP for this free teleseminar training — which will be on Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 Pacific Time and 5:00 Eastern Time.  RSVP now to secure your spot.)
http://getmoving.weebly.com


Recap from prior weeks:
Still Needed! – Oakland Expo Volunteers Needed – The WOW Team needs volunteers to help at the Oakland Run Fest Expo. We can use members or friends and family. Here is what we need:
Friday, March 23 – Setup. 2 volunteers plus Coach Stephanie
Saturday, March 24 – Expo opens about 8AM. We’ll do 2 hour shifts until closing time (need to check times) so need 10 – 15 volunteers (this is the day you have to pick up your race bib so you’ll be coming anyway). This day it is best to have WOW Members at our booth if possible because you will be talking with the public and handing out postcards, etc. about the WOW Team.
Sunday, March 25 – The WOW Team has a booth at the race pavilion where we can leave stuff and meet and so on. We need non-participants so this is a good one to recruit family and friends. Details to follow. Times needed are from 45 minutes before race time to about 1:00. We will also need some clean-up here, after the race.
ORF Helpers: Thanks to the ladies below. I need more!
Iris T – Friday
Ellen G – as needed
Lauren G – as needed
Colleen B – expo


Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in October – Lizette has offered to help with this. Laura did it last year. Could you two get together and, the rest of you let Lizette know if you want to enter? She needs your name soon to get us in the lottery. Thanks Lizette.


Post your love for the WOW Team on Yelp.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/go-wow-team-oakland


Coaching calls are now happening on Saturday at 4:30 PM. The phone number has changed. I will be sending it out to members only in a separate email.


Be sure to look over the Resources Page on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources


Post on Winners Circle every week – From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW journal I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/


Register now for your chosen race at the Oakland Run Fest. WOW Members get a $5 discount. The code is on our web page under the Resources Tab “For Members Only”.


Arrive early; win a prize – WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner.  To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing of Celliant sport socks and sweat bands, while they last. Everyone who arrives by 7:59 AM will be given a drawing ticket when they sign-in and we’ll handle the drawing right before we take off.


Upcoming random races and opportunities:
March 3, 2012 – Impact 5 and 10K in Walnut Creek – “I am on the Board of a local non-profit in Walnut Creek called the The Kiran Anjali Project (KAP), created to sponsor educational opportunities for disadvantaged girls in India. We are celebrating International Women’s Day by hosting a fundraiser 5/10K Walk/Run on March 3rd, 2012, sponsored by Sports Basement. It is called the IMPACT 5/10K and the theme is “Pound the Pavement and Change a Life”. The proceeds from the event will be donated to KAP’s sponsored school, Wings School for Girls, in Hyderabad, India.

We are hoping to inspire some local folks who want to have fun, support their fitness plans, and donate to a great cause at the same time! For more information, please visit us at www.kaproject.org. You are welcome to contact me with any questions at 415-710-8263.

March 25, 2012 – Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com
April 22, 2012 – Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 5, http://www.ocmarathon.com/The OC Marathon and Half Marathon
May 6, 2012 – Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
May 17 – 19 – Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
May 20 – The 101st Running of Zazzle Bay to Breakers – Discount Code for WOW Members on our website at gowowteam.com
June 3, 2012 See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
July 29, 2012Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day http://www.thesfmarathon.com
Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day
November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Scottsdale-Tempe
www.womenshalfmarathon.com/scottsdale-tempe


Photos:
#1 –
Ann R and Aisling F after finishing a fast half marathon. Photographer unknown
#2 – The WOW Team getting ready to run across the GG Bridge. May 2010 – Photographer, a passing runner
#3 –  Iris, Julie, Robbi, and Christina at the WOw Team Marathon Madness Clinic in Emeryville. L. Ganes, photographer
#4 – Kerry, Coach Stephanie, and Elise Q at the Walk-It 5K, May 2011. L Ganes, photographer
#5 – Mentor Eileen K at Emeryville Marina. Guess who took this photo?


Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public facebook page and I'll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I'll check in on both. Go WOW Team!

Weekly Pep Talk

The Weekly Pep Talk #181

Start 2-13-2012

Words to live by: In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends. – John Churton Collins

Woman of the Week:  Dawn Paser is creating a dynamic Saturday group of walkers. With Christy G’s leadership and Dawn’s enthusiasm they are creating fitness, friendship, and fun for the women at Lake Merritt on Saturday morning. Go for it Dawn!

Coach Stephanie’s Tip: Please, joinThe Winner’s Circle if you are a WOW Team Member. To do so, contact me at facebook.com/StephanieAtwoodPersonal and I will invite you to join our private, members only group. For non-members, our public site at facebook.com/GoWOWTeam is full of news, photos, and updates on the wonderful WOW Team. Go WOW Team!

Lauren’s Marathon Minute: Our Marathon Coordinator, Lauren Ganes (and resident photographer) has written a very informative piece about nutrition for athletes. Don’t miss it!http://gowowteam.com/marathon-minute-14



Dear Amazing WOW Women and Interested Readers,

We are half way through our training for the upcoming Oakland Run Fest! WOW!You ladies are awesome!

Ann R led the Saturday run workout at Sawyer Camp. Thanks Ann. Iris T, Beth W, and Beth R also ran on Saturday, in a bit of a mist, but with no dampening of spirit. Beth W, who is training for a half marathon, ran farther than she has in years. Good job Beth!

Christy G, with stalwart participant Dawn P, led the Saturday walk group at Lake Merritt. 7 power walkers cruised around Lake Merritt with laughing and talking as an essential part of the mix. Denise, Michelle, Willie, Francina, and Donna accompanied Christy and Dawn. Go Super Walkers!

I will be at Lake Merritt this Saturday and will be starting a 30 minute Coaching Session every other week, immediately following our walk. Highlighting different aspects of a successful fitness program, this week’s topic will be – Walk for the rest of your life.  The training will begin immediately after our walk around the lake (at approximately 9:30 AM and will be offered with a“Suggested Contribution of $5 – $10”.  Our Saturday walks are FREE!

Our Sunday run at Inspiration Point was cool, hilly, and beautiful! Even the cows were out enjoying the great view on the ridge! Almost 20 women joined us for anything from 70 minutes to 11 miles. I want to thank WOW Mentor and wonderful woman Michaela R for creating a car pool for women from Walnut Creek. Christie A, Michaela, Miriam, and Fiona came together. Also from the Walnut Creek Area was Amanda M who is doing amazing things with her training.

I want to welcome new member Vera C who also ran with us last week at Inspiration Point. Vera will be joining Iris, Lesley,  and ? to complete the second WOW Relay Team. Go WOW Team!
It was great to see Kiera N last weekend. We have missed her so much! Welcome back Kiera. You are still looking and running strong.

Relay Members and 5K Members should be training a bit faster these days since you have been out there now for 6 weeks, many of you. We are increasing length of time very slightly giving you the opportunity to test you speed a bit. I encourage you to look at the training program and try to follow it by upping your speed when you aren’t also increasing the amount of time you are moving.

Half Marathon Trainees, you are getting up there in time and distance! This weekend you’ll be putting in 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) or 11 miles, whichever comes first. We’ll be at Walden Park so, eat beforehand, bring water or electrolyte for the run, and plan to snack (GU or some other fast energy) on the run. Now is the time to try things. SO, TRY something different this weekend, please? Just try one thing different so that you will know if it made things better or worse for you.
The WOW Team Challenge rewards WOW Team Members when they reach 10 hours of working out with us! So, if you have completed 10 hours, please tell us on the Winner’s Circle where you put in your time and you will receive congratulations and a Challenge Bag (with goodies in it) from Coach Stephanie. I know we’ve got several women who are eligible!

Success Team Calls – Ace Mentor Beth W will be holding a Success Team Call on Thursday, February 23 at 8:00PM for 5 lucky women whom Beth has already invited.

I will be offering a practice call for any of you who want to learn about these calls on Saturday, February 18 at 4:00, immediately before our regular coached call at 4:30. If you are interested in learning more you can look at a brief slide presentation at https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddqwb8vg_17jkmw8c9 or let me know that you would like to attend on Saturday and I will send call-in information.

These Success Calls are really fun and uplifiting. Try to participate if you can.

Tuesday is rolling on and I want to get this out to you by 4:45. Where does the time go?

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all have a special valentine to share the day with. See you soon!
Coach Stephanie



February Birthdays and Special Occasions
Kathleen G, Jana C, Lindsay J-E, Kristen B, Eileen K


 
More Oakland Expo Volunteers Needed – The WOW Team needs volunteers to help at the Oakland Run Fest Expo. We can use members or friends and family. Here is what we need:
Friday, March 23 – Setup. 2 volunteers plus Coach Stephanie
Saturday, March 24 – Expo opens about 8AM. We’ll do 2 hour shifts until closing time (need to check times) so need 10 – 15 volunteers (this is the day you have to pick up your race bib so you’ll be coming anyway). This day it is best to have WOW Members at our booth if possible because you will be talking with the public and handing out postcards, etc. about the WOW Team.
Sunday, March 25 – The WOW Team has a booth at the race pavilion where we can leave stuff and meet and so on. We need non-participants so this is a good one to recruit family and friends. Details to follow. Times needed are from 45 minutes before race time to about 1:00. We will also need some clean-up here, after the race.
ORF Helpers: Thanks to the ladies below. I still need more!
Iris T – Friday
Ellen G – as needed
Lauren G – as needed



Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in October – Lizette has offered dto help with this. Laura did it last year. Could you two get together and, the rest of you let Lizette know if you want to enter? She needs your name soon to get us in the lottery. Thanks Lizette.



Post your love for the WOW Team on Yelp. 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/go-wow-team-oakland



Recap from prior weeks:
Coaching calls are now happening on Saturday at 4:30 PM. The phone number has not changed. I hope to hear from you.



Be sure to look over the Resources Page on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources



Post on Winners Circle every week – From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW journal I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/



Register now for your chosen race at the Oakland Run Fest. WOW Members get a $5 discount. The code is on our web page under the Resources Tab “For Members Only”.



Arrive early; win a prize – WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner.  To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing of Celliant sport socks and sweat bands, while they last. Everyone who arrives by 7:59 AM will be given a drawing ticket when they sign-in and we’ll handle the drawing right before we take off.



Upcoming random races and opportunities:
Feb. 19, 2012 – The Arizona Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K, http://www.thearizonamarathon.com
March 3, 2012 – Impact 5 and 10K in Walnut Creek – “I am on the Board of a local non-profit in Walnut Creek called the The Kiran Anjali Project (KAP), created to sponsor educational opportunities for disadvantaged girls in India. We are celebrating International Women’s Day by hosting a fundraiser 5/10K Walk/Run on March 3rd, 2012, sponsored by Sports Basement. It is called the IMPACT 5/10K and the theme is “Pound the Pavement and Change a Life”. The proceeds from the event will be donated to KAP’s sponsored school, Wings School for Girls, in Hyderabad, India.

We are hoping to inspire some local folks who want to have fun, support their fitness plans, and donate to a great cause at the same time! For more information, please visit us at www.kaproject.org. You are welcome to contact me with any questions at 415-710-8263.
March 25, 2012 – Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com
April 22, 2012 – Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 5, http://www.ocmarathon.com/The OC Marathon and Half Marathon
May 6, 2012 – Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
 
May 17 – 19 – Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
May 20 – The 101st Running of Zazzle Bay to Breakers – Discount Code for WOW Members on our website at gowowteam.com
June 3, 2012 See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
July 29, 2012 – Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day
Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day
November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Scottsdale-Tempe
www.womenshalfmarathon.com/scottsdale-tempe


All photos are from our Inspiration Point Run. Taken by Lauren G and Coach Stephanie
#1 – Julie and Rowens
#2 – Coach Stephanie and Amanda
#3 –  Lauren and Kiera. Yahoo! Kiera is back!
#4 – Lauren, Lizette and others stetching. Great form Lizette. Look at that nice straight back!
#5 – Miriam and Ellen enjoying Larabars after the workout
#6 – Pam S stretching
#7 – Ellen G just finished her run


Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public facebook page and I'll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I'll check in on both. Go WOW Team!


The Weekly Pep Talk Start January 30, 2012

The Weekly Pep Talk #179
Start January 30, 2012

The Weekly Pep Talk – 8 Weeks to Go! Golden Gate Bridge this Weekend

Words to live by:  Patience and fortitude conquer all things. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Woman of the Week: Lizette Byer deserves credit for her patience, fortitude, and drive, now taking on a century ride and the Oakland Half Marathon! Go Lizette!

Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  When members post in the Winners Circle you are not only sharing your story but you are letting us get to know you as a whole person. Running and fitness is essential to us WOW Women but it is not the whole story of who we are, by any means. Let’s get to know each other through the Winners Circle.


Dear Ladies,

Another great week and no rain!

You ladies are going strong, literally and physically! I am so proud! With 8 weeks left we are moving up in miles and the endurance it takes to complete them. I am deeeelighted that you are taking me seriously and putting in the time but not worrying about the distance.  On Saturday, our small group consisted of Beth R, Elaine P, Ann R, and me. We all put in about 60 minutes with Ann planning to add another run in the afternoon. I enjoyed the warm-up and workout ladies. Good job!

On Sunday, we had 18 women join us at Sports Basement in Walnut Creek for up to 120 minutes of running or walking. Robbi C, Rowena R, Lizette B, Eileen K, Julie Y, Amanda M, Michaela R, Iris T, April N, Miriam R, Ellen G, Lauren G, Kelly W, Pam S, Kathy W, Lily C-D, Kyoung, and I were out there pounding the pavement and hitting the hills hard! That hill about 3.5 miles out is no piece of cake!

Now is a time to make sure you are staying hydrated and getting enough calories before, during, and after the workout. On runs over 60 minutes, you should be carrying your own water or electrolyte drink during our training runs.

I recommend drinking shortly before you start your run (5 min or less) and continue to add 2 – 4 oz every 10 – 15 minutes. If this sounds like a lot, it’s because most of us do not take in enough water. Being under-hydrated will cause leg cramps and overall cramping, along with fatigue. Your body needs enough water (and nutrients – which means calories, too) to keep the muscles working properly and to transport toxins out of your body. Even on a cold day you are sweating and losing water through your skin and mouth.

Adding water in small doses, fairly often, gives your stomach a chance to deal with it without being deluged. A huge cup of water in the middle of a run can cause stomach upset, burping, and a slogging feeling as you run.

So, your assignment for next week is to carry some water with you. There are some drinking fountains along the way however, it is best for you to be prepared to take care of yourself and not rely on others. It’s just a good back up since other things can and do go wrong.

I will bring along some GU and shot blocks for you to try next weekend, as we run across the Golden Gate Bridge! Should be beautiful!
Keep up the good, smart, strong training. You ladies are awesome!

Go for it!
Coach Stephanie

P.S. The Winners Circle Journal Entry is to keep us accountable as well as to share what is happening in our fitness journey. Please post your entries. Learn about us. Keep us in your training loop and share those awesome WOW stories that make life interesting. Thanks!
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Oakland Expo Volunteers Needed – The WOW Team needs volunteers to help at the Oakland Run Fest Expo. We can use members or friends and family. Here is what we need:

  • Friday, March 23 – Setup. 2 volunteers plus Coach Stephanie
  • Saturday, March 24 – Expo opens about 8AM. We’ll do 2 hour shifts until closing time (need to check times) so need 10 – 15 volunteers (this is the day you have to pick up your race bib so you’ll be coming anyway). This day it is best to have WOW Members at our booth if possible because you will be talking with the public and handing out postcards, etc. about the WOW Team.
  • Sunday, March 25 – The WOW Team has a booth at the race pavilion where we can leave stuff and meet and so on. We need non-participants so this is a good one to recruit family and friends. Details to follow. Times needed are from 45 minutes before race time to about 1:00. We will also need some clean-up here, after the race.

Shoe Clinic, Walk and Walk/Run Clinic at See Jane Run – Sunday, Feb 12, after our workout at Inspiration Point, I will be talking about the walk and walk/run clinic on Feb 18 and See Jane Run is offering a shoe clinic (and discount if you buy).Starting time: 11:00 it’s free to everyone to attend.

February 18 – Walk and Walk/Run Clinic, geared to new walkers and aspiring run/walkers who want to race the 5K in Oakland or See Jane Run. 4 hour clinic at the Emeryville Marina. WOW Team Members discount price is $29, Best of the Best Members are Free. Retail price $59. Details on meetup.
Starting time: 8:00


Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in October – I know there is interest in doing this. You may also know that it is a lottery! Therefore, we need to enter our team soon (we will be notified) and I need SOMEONE to volunteer to handle the details. It’s just stuff on the internet and emails. Who wants to step up? No experience necessary!


Please yelp the WOW Team if you have something wonderful to say. Thank you! http://www.yelp.com/biz/go-wow-team-oakland


Change Coaching calls to Saturday at 4:30, starting in February. This might or might not be better but I wanted to give it a try.
New Day: Saturday
Live Call Time: 4:30 PM
Not available but have a question? Post your question on our facebook public page at facebook.com/gowowteam and I will answer it on the call.
The format will be a change now to answering questions and recording those answers for anyone who requests the recording. So, you have the option of calling in and talking with me, live, or posting a question and I will answer it on the call, to share with all the other callers and have for you as a recording if you let me know.



Recap from prior weeks:
Be sure to look over the Resources Page on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources

Post on Winners Circle every week – From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW journal I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830

Relay Teams – Could I get an update from Iris on team 2, please? Are we starting a third team?

Register now for your chosen race at the Oakland Run Fest. WOW Members get a $5 discount. The code is on our web page under the Resources Tab “For Members Only”.

Arrive early; win a prize – WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner.  To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing of Celliant sport socks and sweat bands, while they last. Everyone who arrives by 7:59 AM will be given a drawing ticket when they sign-in and we’ll handle the drawing right before we take off.

This week details:
Look on meetup for locations and follow your training program for day to day details. Please RSVP.

Important! Our weekend workouts are not based on speed. The purpose is ENDURANCE. Each running workout has a reason. Please be aware of them.
Remember, we are in this for a lifetime! Build your base, get your strength, and remain uninjured so that you can run like a gazelle when the time is right, and for the rest of your life!


Upcoming random races and opportunities:
Feb. 19, 2012 – The Arizona Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K, http://www.thearizonamarathon.com
March 25, 2012 – Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com
April 22, 2012 – Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 6, 2012 – Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
May 17 – 19 – Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
June 3, 2012 See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Tampa
www.womenshalfmarathon.com


Photos:
No 1 – great sneaker photo from Mary Beth Thomas
No 2 – Kiera and Filomena at the WOW Team Oakland Expo Booth in 2011. Photographer unknown
No 3 – Ann and Bruno, we miss you both! photo by Jen Garcia
No 4 – Lauren, Ellen, and Heidi on their way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Photographer unknown


How to Perform Super-Slow Weight Lifting (Coach Stephanie says, I’m going to try this… sounds good)
By aggressively working your muscle to fatigue, you’re stimulating the muscular adaptation that will improve the metabolic capability of the muscle and cause it to grow. McGuff recommends using four or five basic compound movements for your exercise set. These exercises can be done using either free weights or machines. The benefit of using a quality machine is that it will allow you to focus your mind on the effort, as opposed to the movement.
Dr. McGuff recommends the following five movements:

  1. Pull-down (or alternatively chin-up)
  2. Chest press
  3. Compound row (A pulling motion in the horizontal plane)
  4. Overhead press
  5. Leg press

Here’s a summary of how to perform each exercise:

  1. Begin by lifting the weight as slowly and gradually as you can. The first inch should take about two seconds. Since you’re depriving yourself of all the momentum of snatching the weight upward, it will be very difficult to complete the full movement in less than 7-10 seconds. (When pushing, stop about 10 to 15 degrees before your limb is fully straightened; smoothly reverse direction)
  2. Slowly lower the weight back down

Repeat until exhaustion. (Once you reach exhaustion, don’t try to heave or jerk the weight to get one last repetition in. Instead, just keep trying to produce the movement, even if it’s not ‘going’ anywhere, for another five seconds or so. If you’re using the appropriate amount of weight or resistance, you’ll be able to perform four to eight repetitions). Immediately switch to the next exercise for the next target muscle group, and repeat the first three steps. When done in this fashion, your workout will take no more than 12 or 15 minutes. For more information about Super-Slow resistance training, please see my interview with Dr. McGuff.


Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team publicfacebook page and I’ll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I’ll check in on both. Go WOW Team!

Comments? Please post them on facebook. Thanks!


The Weekly Pep Talk Start January 17, 2012

The Weekly Pep Talk
Start date January 17, 2012

Words to live by:  The irony is that the person not taking risks feels the same amount of fear as the person who regularly takes risks. – Peter McWilliams

Woman of the Week:  There are so many wonderful women in our group! This week, however, I would like to highlight Beth Wrightson who is such a gem. Current mentor, organized, always helpful to me and, the best part, recently engaged! Go for it Beth!

Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  Every running program has 3 elements for improvement: Speed, Tempo, and Endurance Workouts.  Each has a purpose. Be clear on what they are and why you are doing them. (Online Module 2 talks about this.) Modules are available to Best of the Best and Regular Subscribing Members. Not certain where you fit in? Check our membership comparison graph at  http://gowowteam.com/faqs/compare-memberships


Dear WOW Members and Interested Readers,

Last week was week 2 of our Oakland Run Fest Training and you women are going strong! I want to congratulate Ann R, Beth R, and Filomena B for braving those cold temperatures at Kezar last Wednesday morning. It was COLD! I stood and timed (which was no picnic) while the women did repeats of 400’s and surprised themselves with how much they’ve improved! Yes, speed will come if you stick with the workouts. They proved this.

On Wed. evening, the Lake Merritt group had its own speed test and women were flying! They took me seriously when I said to go hard and fast. Almost 20 women pushed the pace around the lake. This included newcomers Colleen B and Christie R. Good to see Jeanetta M out there going strong and Tami and Lesley completed a brisk fitness walk. Everyone got in a good workout.

Now is definitely the time to listen to your bodies as we add stress through following a regular training program. Please remember to look and listen to the 6 online training modules made to explain all of these training details. You are missing out on a lot if you are not tuning in on Sundays at 4:30 or listening and watching these module on your own schedule.

Our weekend workouts are so diverse! Saturday, we only had Ann R, Elaine P, and me. I was plodding along at a slow walk and Elaine was kind enough to walk with me. Thank you.

Ann ended up running on her own but, as it turned out, I think she got a lot out of it. Please look at her wonderful journal entry made on January 14 in the Winners Circle. If the short link doesn't work, here's the whole thing.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/298011743582877/

Sunday was also COLD but we had a great turnout with more than 20 women at Lafayette Reservoir! Go Ladies Go! We practiced a bit on hill technique then I sent you out to test your new skills. We completed 1 – 3 laps using our newly learned techniques and as Lizette said on facebook  “loved the hill training– I think I had the biggest ear-to-ear grins running down those hills”.  

Yahoo! This is what I like to hear!

Be sure to check out the photos from Sunday. Lauren G took some great ones. They’re on meetup, facebook, and will also be on our website when I get to it! Thanks Lauren!


You have plenty of opportunity with the WOW Team. Today I want to remind you of 2 important points:

  • Listen to your body and,
  • If you don’t show up, nothing will happen!

Enter your WOW Team Training Experience on the Winners Circle Journal – Please, follow the wonderful explanation from Eileen as to the purpose of keeping a WOW Team/Winners Circle Group  Journal and post your personal entries. Here is Eileen’s explanation on facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295937230456995


Runner’s Feast, February 3 – Check out the meetup details for our upcoming Runner’s Feast, a delicious, seasonal,  nutritionally balanced meal made for runners (and fast walkers). This is our inaugural dinner and it’s open to the public. Bring a friend or spouse. You MUST RSVP and pay by January 30. http://www.meetup.com/GoWOWTeam/events/42794912/


The Oakland Run Fest Races – You need to register on your own for your chosen race. Check in soon if you want to do the relay! Iris T was organizing a second team and can be contacted through the Winners Circle or at the workouts. You can check with me or your mentor if you don’t yet know Iris.

WOW Members do get a discount and it is on our website but requires a password. The password is case sensitive and is only available to subscribing members. Ask for details on the Winners Circle, or ask your mentor, or ask Coach Stephanie. http://www.oaklandmarathon.com/Registration.htm


This Week’s Details:
Wed :

  • SF Track at 6:30 AM at Kezar
  • Walnut Creek at Las Lomas Track with Coach Stephanie at 6:30PM
  • Lake Merritt Tempo Run in Oakland at 6:30 PM led by Eileen Killory

Saturday: Walk or Casual Run at Lake Merritt with Christy and Coach Stephanie at 8:30 AM

Sunday: Point Isabel, long run at 8:00 AM (arrive early and get entered in our free drawing)

Weekend Workouts:
5K Trainees – Follow the pre-week program until February 12. You are building up to 60 minutes at 5 minute increments or, if you are already at 60 minutes, try to pick up the pace a bit, each week.

10K/Relay Trainees – Still at 60 minutes, in pre-week training until January 28/29. This training assumes you have done a 5K in the last 6 months and are building from a base. Keep trying to increase your speed (or intensity each week) before we start adding extra time to the workout. Note: There is not a 10K race at ORF, only the relay. We are using the 10 training program for our training.

Half Marathon Trainees – we are already up to 100 minutes OR 9 miles whichever comes first (this is adjusted from the printed program just slightly. This is an Endurance Run so DO NOT push the pace. Let your body ease into the new distance or time, whichever comes first.


EVERYBODY!! Increasing speed and distance at the same time is a No/No. First distance, see how it feels, then pick up the pace when you repeat the same workout.

Have a great week. Be strong, happy, and remember that we are here for you.

To Fitness, Friendship, and Fun! Go WOW Team!
Coach Stephanie


Photo 1 – Beth W at Inspiration Point. Upping the miles to train for a half marathon.
Photo 2 – Warmup on a cold morning at Lafayette Reservoir
Photo 3 – Hill technique practice at Lafayette Reservoir
Photo 4 – Coach Stephanie jumping for joy at Lafayette Reservoir
Photo 5 – Christina, Aarti, and Ann at the UN Peace Run in Berkeley

Photos taken by Lauren G. Thanks!

 


Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public facebook page and I'll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I'll check in on both. Go WOW Team!

The Weekly Pep Talk Start January 9, 2012

The Weekly Pep Talk
Start date January 9, 2012

Words to live by: Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged. – Helen Keller

Woman of the Week: Cynthia Bagby, you are going to do this, lady. WOW is here for you! Go Cynthia!

Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  Every workout has 3 basic components:  1) warm-up/dynamic stretching,  2) The Workout, and 3) cool down/static stretching. Each has a purpose. Be clear on what they are and why you are doing them. (Module 1 in your Couch to Accomplished Program covers this.)


Dear WOW Women and Interested Readers,

Welcome to 2012! I especially want to greet all the new women who joined WOW activities this past week. We are headed into an incredible year of opportunity. I’ve included a recap of last week and additional details on the upcoming week. I look forward to seeing all of you on a regular basis. Be sure to familiarize yourselves with the numerous resources available to you through the WOW Team and take advantage of them!

The WOW Team is for you and about you. Go for it!

What a great opening week! We started off 2012 with a “Current Members Only” track workout.  Lauren, Robbi, Beth, Rowena, Julie, Ellen, Kathy, Lesley, Eileen, Christy, and Laura were in good form as they took on a 2 mile timed run at Piedmont track.

On Friday night I hosted a Mentor Appreciation and Preparation Dinner and put our incredible mentors to work! Lauren, Robbi, Beth, Julie, Lesley, Eileen, Christy, Laura, Michaela, and Ann have volunteered their time and expertise to help out this season. We had good food, drink and lively conversation. These incredible women will be there for you this season and are a priceless asset to the WOW Team.

The mentors embody the vision that WOW represents which is to give back and share the benefits of fitness with other women so that ALL WOMEN have the opportunity to make fitness a part of their life and lifestyle, forever!  Thank you, wonderful mentors!

Saturday, a small group of women gathered at Chabot College for a full day, pre-season clinic.  Lizette, Yukiko, Ann, and I had a great time going over the why and how of effective running.  We talked and we practiced. Except for no open bathrooms, everything was perfect for the day. The Chabot Track is gorgeous  and the weather was perfect. Thanks for participating ladies.

Sunday was the big WOW Team Season Kickoff, second only to the Superbowl!  What an awesome group of women!
With a super turnout and obviously motivated women, I want you to utilize ALL the resources WOW has for you as you go through your training. Be sure to look over the Resources Page on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources

Post on Winners Circle Every Week – From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW Team Journal, I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830  Note that this link only works for members.

Relay Teams – If you want to be part of the Oakland Run Fest Relay, where 4 women run, as a team, over the marathon course, contact Eileen on the Winners Circle to get the details. Do this soon as the relay filled early last year.

Register now for your chosen race at the Oakland Run Fest. WOW Members get a $5 discount. The code is on our web page under the Resources Tab “For Members Only”. March 25, 2012 – Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com

Arrive Early; Win a Prize – WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner. To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing of Celliant sport socks and sweat bands, while they last. Everyone who arrives by 8, will be given a drawing ticket when they sign-in and we’ll handle the drawing right before we take off.


This week details:

5K Trainees – If you have not completed a 5K Race within the last 6 months, this is my recommended race for you.
We have 6 weeks of base building so relax and get yourself stronger, gradually. Pre weeks continue until February 12 when we will jump in to Week 1 of our 6 week training program.

Pre – Weeks: Monday, Rest. Tuesday, cross train.*  Wednesday, on track with the WOW Team or work on your 2 mile timed workout. Thursday, Rest. Friday, Walk/Run 30 minutes total with 5 min warm-up, 5 X 1 power walk alternating with 5 X 1 recovery walk**, 10 minutes steady walk or easy run, 5 min cool-down walk. Saturday Rest or do 30 minutes of your chosen exercise (not running).

Sunday, workout with WOW, 60 minutes total, 5 min. warm-up walk, 5 X 1 power walk alternating with 5 X 1 recovery walk, 45 minutes steady walk or jog.***

10K/Relay Trainees – If you have completed a 5K or longer race in the last 6 months, this might be a lot of fun for you. We are in pre-week training until January 28. Follow the details on the 8 Week 10K Novice Training Schedule on our website. (This training applies to any of you who have not raced farther than a 6 mile race in the last 6 months.)

Weekend distance total is 60 minutes. Details on the training program.

Half Marathon Trainees – Half Marathon trainees should have participated in a 10K or longer race within the last 6 months and have continued their base training since then. Based on our 60 minutes from last weekend, we will build up to 80 minutes (or 8 miles, whichever comes first) this Sunday.  Important! Our weekend workouts are not based on speed. The purpose is ENDURANCE.

I want you to put in the time and not push the speed.  If you are not able to do this without pain or aggravation, I want you to seriously consider a shorter distance for the March race and build up to your half marathon for the See Jane Run Half Marathon (June 5) or other later races. Remember, we are in this for a lifetime! Build your base, get your strength, and remain uninjured so that you can run like a gazelle when the time is right.


Even runners get dressed up once in a while. You look lovely Kathy!Happy Birthday: I missed entering Kathrina’s January birthday last week. It’s toward the end of January so; join the ranks of the old ladies Kathy W. Happy Birthday!

Have a good week of fitness and stay active. We’ll be moving and grooving on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday so, see you soon!

To Fitness and Friends!
Coach Stephanie

P.S. Don’t miss out on Lauren’s informative bits and pieces about half and full marathon training in The Marathon Minute on our website.

P.P.S. – There are some great photos of last weekend on facebook and our website. Don't miss them!

Photo 1 – We'll be running on the Golden Gate Bridge soon. Check the dates on the WOW Team Calendar.
Photo 2 – WOW Team Women at the December 2011 CIM Relay
Photo 3 – Kathy reads her 2011 WOW Team Congratulations Certificate handed out at our holiday celebration
Photos taken by Lauren G and other willing photographers. Thanks!

 

The Weekly Pep Talk Start January 4, 2012

The Weekly Pep Talk
January 4, 2012

"It's not my job to motivate players. They bring extraordinary motivation to our program. It's my job not to de-motivate them." – Lou Holtz

Woman of the Week:  Kiera Newton, winner of the free registration for upcoming Oakland Half Marathon. Go Kiera! (Kiera is third from the left with team mates Filomena, Lauren, Kiera, and Kosheno)

Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  Steady as she goes. Jump into 2012 full of vim and vigor but temper that energy with a bit of patience. Good things come in fitness through time and dedication. You will reach your goals if you are patient and realistic, along with getting TOTALLY PSYCHED about the great things in store for you in 2012!



Dear WOW Women and Interested Readers,
I am EXCITED about 2012! We have an incredible year ahead and it starts this week! As our first week of training for the Oakland Run Fest I want to encourage each of you to push your limits. In other words, I encourage you to dream big and train hard.

This, as most of you know, does not mean to train for too much too soon. What I mean is that I want you to set a goal and put your heart and soul behind accomplishing it. I will help you with being realistic about distance and speed and how to improve. Your team mates will provide the encouragement and moral support. You need to bring the motivation. I don’t want you sabotaging your goals by not allowing time or not truly committing to the task at hand.

We are going to have a lot of fun! There is nothing better than training with others, making new friends, and learning a new skill while working toward a substantial goal. I want you to leave each workout feeling psyched about the next one! I want you to be tired and proud of what you’ve accomplished. I want you to work hard and know that you are making progress, with each step!

The first step is to come out and get moving with WOW! We have our veteran WOW Members returning Jan 4. Yahoo!

New participants are encouraged to come to our Pre-Season Race Introduction Clinic on Saturday, Jan 7 and/or our Training Kickoff on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Details for the many wonderful things that happen with the WOW Team can be explored, initially, by going to our website and clicking on the Resources Tab. The WOW Web Address is http://GoWOWTeam.com.

2012 has so much potential. Let’s jump in with our eyes wide open, ready for the wonders of fitness, friends, and fun, all in one package…The WOW Team!

Go For It! and Set that Bar High!
Coach Stephanie


And the winner is! Kiera Newton is the lucky winner of our Oakland Run Fest Drawing. OK Kiera, time to get serious about your training…


Happy January Birthdays – Laura Lance, Coach Stephanie, Iris Torres, Pamela Brenman


Oakland Relay Teams If you are interested in this topic, please contact Eileen by posting on the Winners Circle to let her know of your interest. I believe she was forming a team.


Questions, Comments? – Start at the Resources Tab on our website and take it from there


Set your goal. Take action. Get Moving! Go WOW Team!

Go WOW Team is an all women's, year-round training group. The kick-offs are open to EVERYONE. We hope to meet you soon!

From Couch to Accomplished

As always, there is a lot going on with the WOW Team.

Thursday, September 20, please join us for my new webinar called:

From Couch to Accomplished, Start Today, Run Forever, What is Holding You Back? (It’s Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 PM Pacific/10:00 Eastern) and should be a fun and informative 60 minutes to get you up and running! Click the link above for details.

Note: If you have already signed up for this event you do not need to do anything more. I will be sending out 2 email reminders on Thursday with call-in information and details on how to access the slide show.

On Saturday, the WOW Team has several members running in the UN Peace Run in Berkeley and several more volunteering. It is not too late to participate in either role. I will be sending out details to racers and volunteers by tomorrow evening (Tuesday night). Keep a look out for a Race Email.

On Sunday, September 25, 8 AM run with WOW at Lafayette Reservoir. Walnut Creek Half Marathon Trainees are up to 90 minutes of running or run/walk. 10K and maintenance trainees will do 60 minutes. Details on our meetup site at http://meetup.com/gowowteam. Please remember to RSVP.


Webinar Details…

  • I’ll debunk some common running myths including the myth that REAL RUNNERS NEVER WALK
  • I’ll explain how:

  • ANYONE WHO CAN WALK FOREVER can also RUN AS FAR AS SHE WANTS
  • HILLS can be our friend
  • I’ll describe 6 simple elements that create lifetime running (and walking) success – then discuss, in more depth, how I have been able to run, compete, and derive tremendous satisfaction from running for more than 30 years and HOW YOU CAN DO This TOO!

    Click the link now to RSVP for this free webinar. From Couch to Accomplished, Start Today, Run Forever, What is Holding You Back?

    To Women’s Fitness and You!

    Coach Stephanie

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